How to deal with cracked or fading stucco

Stucco is a popular siding option here in Phoenix, and it is easy to see why. Not only is it very attractive, it is easy to maintain and extremely durable. Your house may collapse before your stucco siding wears out. Nevertheless, stucco is somewhat susceptible to forces like shifting, settling, and weather conditions. Faded or cracked stucco can be the result.

Cracking or fading of your stucco is usually not a serious problem. However, it can hurt your home’s aesthetic even if it does not cause structural damage. Fortunately, there are ways that you can deal with stucco fading and cracking.

The best time to address stucco damage is when you’re having your home’s exterior repainted. At Crash of Rhinos Painting, our team specializes in stucco repair and prep ahead of apply new paint. In this article, we’ll review some of the problems stucco exteriors face and how our team can turn things around and have your home looking great again.

Cracked stucco

Stucco is made of three main ingredients: water, lime, and Portland cement. It is applied wet over a wire framework called a lath and then allowed to dry. Some cracking is normal and expected with any cement-based product, and stucco is no exception. As long as the cracks remain hairline, i.e., only about one-sixteenth of an inch thick, and are not excessive in number, they are usually not a cause for concern. If you do not like the way they look, you can seal them by painting your stucco.

Have our professional painters repair your cracked or faded stucco as part of our thorough prep process.

Our professional painters will repair your cracked or faded stucco as part of our thorough prep process.

However, wider cracks or hairline cracks that occur in profusion may indicate a more serious problem. The pattern that the cracks form can indicate the type of problem that is causing the cracking. Diagonal cracks indicate house settling or seismic movements. A regular horizontal and/or vertical pattern indicates an issue with the lath. Spider cracking, i.e., cracks that are grouped together in random patterns, similar to the legs of a spider, points to improper curing of the base coat when the stucco was first applied.

To address these problems, it may be necessary to re-dash the stucco, which means applying it again over the entire home. Cracked stucco tends to occur more frequently in newer houses than in older ones. This is because the materials used to build houses have changed over the past 50 to 60 years. Today plywood is more often used for sheathing than gypsum, and the lumber comes from smaller trees than those harvested in the past.

Faded stucco

Fading of stucco is not as inevitable as stucco cracking, but it is nevertheless very common. There are steps that you can take to prevent stucco from fading or staining.

Stucco can become stained when water splashes up on it from the ground. You can prevent this by adding some sort of barrier around your home to stop the water mid-splash. Landscaping can be effective at doing this. Another way to prevent fading or staining of your stucco is to clean it regularly.

When it’s time to repair and paint your stucco home, call our team

Here in Phoenix, our stucco homes sustain damage from sunlight, woodpeckers, monsoon dust storms, and more. If you’ve noticed your exterior stucco start to show signs of damage or deterioration, it’s time to call our team for a quote on exterior painting.

Here are the best ways to improve the exterior curb appeal of your home

There are several reasons to work on the exterior curb appeal of your home: moving, upkeep, desired change. Whatever your goals, it can be hard to decide what changes would add the most value or appeal to your home. In this article, we’ll review seven of the most effective ways to improve the curb appeal of your home.

Here in the Valley, one of the best methods for making your stucco home more visually appealing to prospective homebuyers is having the exterior of your home professionally painted. Our team at Crash of Rhinos Painting specializes in this service. Get a free quote by calling us today.

The 7 best ways to improve your home’s curb appeal

1. Manicured Lawn

The first thing you should assess is your front yard. How often do you cut your grass and pull weeds? Having a well-manicured yard is a significant influence on people’s first impressions of your home. If you want to start with a low-budget fix for curb appeal, then consider cutting your grass weekly and finding ways to treat and combat weed growth.

2. Planters

Next, consider using planters as a way to bring color and life to the front of your home. It can be hard to make landscaping changes if you live in HOA communities or with condo association rules. Using planters on porches and patios is typically accepted in all communities, especially if they are maintained.

New exterior paint for your stucco home can go a long way when it comes to improving your home's curb appeal ahead of listing.

New exterior paint for your stucco home can go a long way when it comes to improving your home’s curb appeal ahead of listing.

3. Trimmed Shrubs

Do you have shrubs and bushes in your front yard? When was the last time you trimmed the excess growth? Shrubs are plants that often need to be clipped and structured to create the best impression and a pleasant focal point to your home.

4. Pressure Washing

Many homes show their age because of all the dust, dirt, and debris that settles on siding, pathways, and driveways. You can completely refresh the look of your property by going over everything with a pressure washer. The beauty about this curb appeal upgrade is that you don’t need to purchase the machine, you can rent one at most hardware stores.

5. Lighting

Another way to improve your curb appeal is to upgrade the light fixtures outside. Porch lights, garage lights, and even solar-powered garden lamps can create a lovely ambiance to your property at night. Also, the addition of security lighting can add value to your home.

6. Fencing

A stereotype of the American dream is owning a house with a white picket fence. While a picket fence isn’t necessary, many people like to see fences, especially around the backyard of a home. Fencing indicates privacy. However, some fences add more value and appeal than others. For example, chain-link fencing is cheap, but not the most attractive.

7. Exterior Paint

Last, consider having our team repaint the stucco exterior of your home here in Phoenix. If it’s been several years since you’ve had your home painted, chances are that it looks faded and old. That’s not what you want to convey to prospective homebuyers who look at your home in-person and online. Before you list, talk to us. We’ll provide you with a free quote for the project. It might be just what your home’s exterior needs to impress buyers.

More than any other item on this list, exterior paint can be transformative. Talk to Crash of Rhinos to learn more about your options and the difference that the right paint—applied by the right painters—can make.

Here’s why you should hire professional painters before listing your home

Once you decide to put your home on the market, there are several decisions you need to make. Which realtor will you choose? What should your asking price be? How do you prepare for your home sale?

One of the things you should consider when selling your stucco home is painting the exteriors. Many homeowners will decide to take on this task themselves, but there are several benefits to hiring professional painters to do it.

Why hire an exterior painter before listing your home here in Phoenix?

Thorough Prep Work

When homeowners paint their homes themselves, they may notice large problems and fix them. They often miss smaller issues that need to be dealt with so that the paint goes on smoothly. This can give you a lackluster final result.

If you're listing your home this year, have our team care for the exterior stucco and paint before you talk to your realtor.

If you’re listing your home this year, have our team care for the exterior stucco and paint before you talk to your realtor.

At Crash of Rhinos Painting, our professional painters begin each job by prepping the exterior walls. They look for damage and repair it instead of just painting over it. For example, if woodpeckers have damaged your stucco walls, technicians start by repairing the holes.

Color Consultation

There are many color options for painting the exterior of your home. It can be overwhelming, especially if you are trying to find a color that pleases potential buyers.

Professional painters don’t touch your home until they have completed a consultation with you about your goals for the job. They can help you choose the type of paint and the best color. They offer guidance on the best color to make your home stand out among others on the market.

Necessary Experience

Amateur painters don’t always know all the correct steps to take in the painting process. In addition to failing to make repairs, they may also neglect the trim, apply paint unevenly, or neglect to clean up afterwards.

Painting the exterior of your home is one of the most important home improvements before listing. It just makes good sense to get it right. Professional painters know how to do the job well from start to finish so that your home looks great when they’re done.

Paint Warranty

It is expected that amateur painters will make mistakes that result in a lackluster result. Professional work is protected by our 7-year warranty. As professionals, we protect our reputation by guaranteeing the work they do will be exactly what the client paid for. If the end result doesn’t look like it’s supposed to look, a warranty protects the homeowner from investment loss.

Talk to our team before listing your Phoenix home this year

Getting your home ready to go on the market comes with a formidable home maintenance and upgrade task list. Crash of Rhinos Painting can take your exterior paint job off your list. We are particularly adept at prepping stucco walls by smoothing out rough spots and making necessary repairs. Your home’s exterior will look great right before it goes on the market.

Painting cinderblock walls and fencing in Phoenix

Here in the Valley, most backyards are separated by cinderblock walls instead of fences. These gray or brown masonry walls fit with the aesthetic of most Phoenix neighborhoods, but they may not be a perfect fit for what you want out of your backyard. The team at Crash of Rhinos Painting can help with this. In addition to our stucco home exterior painting services, we also offer cinderblock painting.

Get a free estimate for your painting project by giving us a call today.

What is cinderblock?

In our industry, what is commonly called “cinderblock” by most homeowners actually has an official name: Concrete Masonry Unit. This concrete building material is incredibly versatile and durable. Here in the Valley, it’s used in both home construction and in block wall fencing between backyards.

Why paint your cinderblock wall?

Here are three of the reasons you should consider having our team paint your home’s cinderblock wall:

  • Improve the look of your property: Over time, these block walls can begin to look dingy and old. Their original brown or gray isn’t that attractive to begin with, and age tends to mute even these colors. By having us paint your cinderblock wall, you can make your backyard feel vibrant again.
  • Fit the aesthetics of your backyard: Not every backyard design fits with a brown or gray cinderblock wall. By having our team paint your block wall, you can transform your backyard into a more vibrant space that fits your home’s style.
  • Build a backyard movie theatre: One creative use of the backyard block wall is as a makeshift movie screen. By painting one side of the wall white, you can then project movies onto the wall, without the worry of having to maintain a screen.

Can cinderblock be painted?

Painting your cinderblock walls can add a splash of color to your backyard here in Phoenix, Arizona.Yes. Painting the cinderblock in your backyard is possible. There’s just one catch, however: in contrast to stucco, cinderblock uses a fair amount of paint. If you take a closer look at the blocks, you’ll notice tiny air holes and pockets that form a sponge-like surface. These concrete blocks are incredibly porous, which means they soak up paint easily. If you’re going to have us paint your cinderblock walls, we’ll need to bring some additional paint along.

The good news is that most cinderblock doesn’t need extensive pre-treatment or prep work. In fact, most of the preparation for painting cinderblock goes into ensuring that nothing else—including your neighbor’s side of the block wall—gets painted accidentally.

Getting started

If you’re interested in having our team paint your backyard’s cinderblock wall, give us a call today to schedule a free quote. We’ll walk you through the painting process and provide you with more information about colors and the project timeline.

What does peeling paint on your stucco home indicate?

Stucco is a common exterior finish used on homes here in Arizona due to its durability and aesthetically pleasing look. Most stucco homes fit within the aesthetic of neighborhoods and communities here in the Phoenix metro. However, like all exterior building materials, stucco can show signs of damage and wear over time. In this article, we’ll review what you should do if you notice peeling paint on your stucco home.

If you’ve been noticing that the paint on your stucco home is starting to peel, you might need to have your home repainted in the near future. For a free estimate here in the Phoenix metro, call us at Crash of Rhinos Painting!

Find an exterior painting company that repairs peeling paint and stucco problems before painting!What causes stucco paint to peel?

Exterior paint should only be applied over stucco that is free from blemishes and damage, such as hairline cracks and holes. If the exterior of your home has been painted multiple times in the past, peeling paint could indicate that the stucco was not properly prepared or repaired before the paint was applied. This means that the paint didn’t have an opportunity to fully adhere to the stucco surface.

Insist on a longer warranty

This is just one of the reasons why you should only hire an exterior painting company that offers an extensive warranty. Companies that offer 1-year or 2-year warranties may be taking shortcuts, knowing that the paint won’t start to peel until after the warranty has already expired. We take the time to do things right at Crash of Rhinos, which is one of the reasons we offer a 7-year warranty on our work.

Preparing stucco for painting

To properly paint stucco, the exterior painters need to go through an extensive prep work process. This includes pressure washing the surface, repairing any damaged or cracked stucco, and more:

  • Temporarily remove landscaping items and light fixtures for clear access
  • Clean the entire exterior through pressure washing or a similar process
  • Repair any cracks or other damage to the stucco exterior
  • Protect windows, doors, and walkways from paint using masking techniques
  • Prime the exterior
  • Paint the exterior with a quality product
  • Replace any items moved before the painting process

If this prep work is done right and the exterior painters are using high-quality paint specially formulated for stucco adhesion, the results should not only look great, but should also retain their color without fading or peeling far into the future.

See how we treat peeling paint on your stucco home’s foundation:

What should you do if you have peeling paint on your stucco home?

Contact us. We offer free estimates here in the Valley. We’ll meet with you to inspect the exterior of your home and see the extent of the problem. If it’s time for your home to be re-painted, we’ll provide you with an honest, upfront quote and provide you with a proposal folder describing our process in detail. That’s just the way we do things at Crash of Rhinos Painting!

What are the signs your home’s exterior needs to be repainted?

It is important to keep your home’s exterior in great condition for many reasons. This small investment not only boosts your home’s curb appeal, value, and personality, but also acts as the initial line of defense against all kinds of damage such as weather and insects. Some basic maintenance or precautionary measures can really go a long way.

However, after an extended amount of time in our hot climate, signs of wear become almost inevitable. In this article, we will review in detail some of the most common signs that it’s time for a fresh paint job.

Here are the 4 signs your home’s exterior needs to be repainted

#1. Exterior Paint Chalking

Chalking refers to the white, chalky substance that forms on stucco exteriors and walls here in the Valley. It is the direct result of acrylic resins breaking down, leaving behind titanium dioxide—a base pigment in paint. On stucco, exterior paint chalking is caused by age and weathering: as those resins break down, patches of white dust begin to appear.

How can you tell if your exterior is chalking? Look for white patches on your stucco. Run your finger over the spot, and you should come away with a fine powder on your finger akin to chalk.

Here’s something you should know: severe chalking is more likely to occur earlier in the lifespan of the exterior paint if the initial paint was:

  • Applied to an inadequately prepped home
  • Low-grade quality (low-grade paints contain more pigments and less acrylic coating, which leads to more chalking).
  • Improperly sealed

In other words, while chalking is a natural and eventual outcome for most home exteriors after a certain point, premature chalking only a few years into the paint’s lifespan may point to shortcuts that were taken with the initial application.

#2. Fading & Color Morph

Given our high degree of year-round UV exposure, paint fade and color morph are a major threat to the exteriors of our stucco homes. Both problems are caused by the eventual failure of the paint’s tint. Drive around many Valley neighborhoods, and you’ll see homes with faded exteriors and colors that have morphed over time. Take a closer look, and you’ll see the difference in color between parts of the exterior with regular sun exposure and other parts of the stucco that have sat in the shade or only have partial UV exposure.

As with the chalking issue, exterior paint is more likely to fade prematurely if the paint:

  • thinned at the time of application
  • a low-grade paint with a relatively low tint

This is why it is especially important here in Phoenix to work with an exterior painter that uses high-grade, UV-resistant paint. At Crash of Rhinos Painting, we’re proud to use only Dunn-Edwards exterior paint, which is specially formulated for both stucco and our UV conditions here in the desert Southwest.

#3. Flaking, Chipping, Peeling

As we’ve established so far, the exterior paint on our homes takes a beating over the course of our summers and monsoon season. Many exterior paint problems can be attributed to our climate. This includes flaking, chipping, or peeling paint. Over time, sun, wind, rain, and even woodpecker damage can contribute to exterior paint issues.

This is why it is so important that the stucco gets repaired prior to a new layer of paint being put on. In so many cases, old paint problems come back to haunt a home with new paint because the exterior painter did not sufficiently repair the stucco or apply a new primer. Primer is especially important to preventing peeling, chipping, and flaking, since it helps the paint adhere to the stucco walls.

#4. Paint Bubbling

While paint bubbling and blistering is not as common a problem here in our relatively dry climate, it’s still something that you may see on trim sections or in some stucco homes. The appearance of “bubbles” or “blisters” beneath the paint is the result of pockets of moisture making their way out of the stucco and trying to escape through the paint.

Our painters apply DRYLOK to prevent later issues with bubbling paint.

To prevent paint bubbling or blistering, it’s important that the exterior painter fully remove all the previous paint and then apply a waterproofing substance–especially along the stem wall, where there is more likely to be moisture rising up from the soil around your home. Here at Crash of Rhinos, we use a product called DRYLOK for this very purpose. Unfortunately, if this essential step was skipped by your prior painter, you’re more than likely going to start to see paint problems bubbling to the surface on your home’s stucco exterior.

Here are your next steps

If you’re starting to see any of the signs of exterior paint damage listed above, it’s time to call our team for a free inspection and quote. At Crash of Rhinos Painting, we provide exterior painting services throughout the Valley. Our team can help you identify if it’s time to repaint your stucco home.

How often does your stucco home here in Phoenix need painting?

If you live in Phoenix or the Phoenix metro area, you are probably well aware that stucco homes are the most-popular home exterior style in the Valley. It is the perfect exterior for our desert environment, plus it requires much less maintenance than most other home exterior types. The catch here is that stucco requires very special attention while the paint is being applied, which is why you should always entrust a professional exterior painting company with painting your home.

Here at Crash of Rhinos Painting, you can get an estimate from our team and learn more about the entire painting process that we back with our industry-leading 7-year warranty. Contact us today to get started!

You should have your Phoenix stucco home repainted every 7-10 years.In this article, we will discuss all of the ins-and-outs of stucco home painting—including how often should you have your stucco home repainted.

How often should you repaint your stucco?

Stucco is a very durable surface, often being made from a mixture of Portland cement, sand, and sometimes lime. It is also a long-lasting surface, making it the perfect exterior for your home here in the desert. It is very common for homeowners to paint their exterior stucco to give it color. Painted stucco will need to be repainted periodically.

Something else to consider: stucco is prone to cracking from both the house settling and the expansion caused by the heat of the Arizona summer sun. Small cracks are usually nothing to worry about and can be repaired prior to the re-painting process. Paint finishes usually last anywhere from 5-10 years on stucco homes. However, there are a few things that contribute to how long your paint will last.

1. Paint Quality

The quality of paint used on a stucco home affects the entire durability of the finish. You should choose a painting company that uses the highest-quality paint available. Crash of Rhinos uses Dunn-Edwards paints that are specially formulated for the harsh summer sun here in the Phoenix area.

2. Proper Application

As with all finish applications, you must apply the paint to a clean stucco surface to achieve the best adherence between the coating and the structure of the house. Pressure-washing the exterior of the home will remove any dirt, grease, and plant residue from the stucco surface to provide the best base for the paint. Paint is essentially a glue, so the surface it is painted on must be free of any material that prevents it from fully and completely adhering to the walls of the house.

3. Climate

Climate is a huge factor in how often your home will need to be painted. In hot, dry climates—like here in the Valley—the paint will eventually begin to see wear-and-tear from the UV damage caused by the constant sun. This is why choosing the right paint is so important. The Dunn-Edwards exterior paints used by Crash of Rhinos are specifically manufactured to stand up to intense, constant UV bombardment.

When it comes time to paint your stucco home, choose our team

Here at Crash of Rhinos, we go above and beyond for our customers. We only paint stucco exteriors, which means that we specialize in how to paint them right, from our painting prep work and the quality of the paint we use to our 7-year warranty. There is no reason not to choose us! We can get your Valley home looking brand new in no time. Contact us today!

Here’s what you need to know about stucco exterior home painting

Crash of Rhinos is your team for stucco exterior home painting here in Phoenix. Call us today!

Stucco repair and prep work is a critical part of any stucco home exterior painting project.

Everyone who lives in the Valley knows that stucco homes are the most popular home style in many neighborhoods. Stucco homes can be painted various colors, but the painting process has to be done so in a very specific way. At Crash of Rhinos, we specialize in stucco exterior home painting here in the Phoenix metro area.

Painting the exterior of your stucco home can transform the entire presentation your house has to offer. The right paint job for your home can not only dramatically increase its curb appeal, but it can also increase the overall value of your property.

Even if you have no near-future plans to sell your house, a quality exterior paint job can protect your home against the natural elements we deal with here in Phoenix, such as the sun, wind, rain, mildew, and mold.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss a few tips and tricks that can give your home’s makeover the perfect look.

Tip #1: Choose the right painting company

We listed this tip first because it is the most important aspect of the entire process. You NEED to hire the right painter to take care of your stucco exterior paint job. Here are just a few things you should be aware of when choosing an exterior painting company:

  • The painters your hire should be licensed, bonded, and insured to protect your home and your property.
  • You should ask the painters how they handle the “small things,” such as trim around doors and windows.
  • Ask to see images and videos of their previous work and look for any signs of an unprofessional exterior painting job, such as air holes, cracking, peeling, or blisters on the walls.

One of the reasons Crash of Rhinos is one of the Valley’s top-rated exterior painting companies is our dedication to customer service. You can check out our reviews and you will quickly see that we almost always do a perfect job.

We even go as far as to offer a 7-year warranty on our exterior paint jobs. That is technically 5 years longer than legally required by our state. We have no problem offering this warranty because our work is THAT good.

Tip #2: Choose the right kind of paint

This goes right along with choosing the right painting company to handle your exterior paint job. Many companies’ quotes may seem extremely low for the job you are requesting and that is because they’re also using a lower quality of paint, or a paint that is not meant to be used on a stucco home. When it comes to exterior painting, the type of paint matters.

We are proud to stand by our professional-grade Dunn-Edwards paint that is specifically formulated for exteriors in the desert. A few qualities that make this the right type of paint for your Phoenix stucco home include:

  • Vibrant Color Options: Our Dunn-Edwards paint really works for stucco homes as it attaches to the surface and creates a strong bond for better and more consistent colors.
  • UV-Blocking Quality: Our paint is designed to stand the test of time under the intense UV radiation of the sun without fading for years on end.

Tip #3: Choose a team that does the prep work

Crash of Rhinos takes pride in the fact that we put in the necessary time to prep your home before painting. We know that it matters and will make a difference in the overall quality of your exterior paint job. There is no way to properly paint a stucco home without taking steps to get the home ready by protecting light fixtures and fixing any existing stucco damage.

This is why we do our homework before the job is being done so we can adequately prepare your home for its specific paint job.

A few things included in our prep work are:

  • Pulling back rocks from the edge of your home
  • Pressure washing
  • Stucco repairs
  • Primer

This all wraps back to our 7-year warranty. We do the work on the front end so that your exterior paint job will last for years and years to come.

If you’re thinking about repainting your stucco home in the Phoenix area, contact us today to be paired with experienced and licensed painters.